Cancer doesn't just affect your physical wellbeing: it impacts upon every aspect of your life.
We want to ensure everyone in East Dunbartonshire who has been diagnosed with cancer can easily access all the support they need after diagnosis, as soon as they need it, to enable them to live as well and as independently as possible.
We have joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support to help people across East Dunbartonshire who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Our Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) service helps people to get the support they need - whether that's physical, emotional, practical, medical or financial. The service is a partnership between East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
It was officially launched on 10 August 2022 at Hillhead Community Centre.
How can we help
Once an individual gets in touch we will arrange for them to meet with a dedicated Macmillan Cancer Wellbeing Practitioner who will help them complete a Holistic Needs Assessment, a tool used to make sure the individual's needs and concerns are identified. The Macmillan Wellbeing Practitioner will work with the individual to agree the best kind of support they and their family want, putting in place a personalised care plan.
You can contact us be calling 0141 232 8256 or you can complete the online referral form.
How can the Service help me
This service is about working together to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.
When you contact us, we will work with you to determine the right kind of help and support you need. You will be assigned a Wellbeing Practitioner who will meet with you to discuss your needs and help you access tailored information and support. You can talk to us about how you feel, get help with money and housing worries, emotional support or help at home, whatever matters to you.
Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA)
To find out exactly what your needs are, your Wellbeing Practitioner will carry out a HNA.
Going through this type of assessment will help you to recognise what is troubling you most and will help to make a plan that's unique to you.
In the assessment, you will be asked a simple set of questions. You will also be asked to rate how severe your concerns are. This will give your Wellbeing Practitioner an indication of what should be dealt with first.
You and your Wellbeing Practitioner will then work together to develop a care plan. From there, you can explore what resources, help and support are available.
The care plan may include things like ideas to help you manage emotional, physical or practical worries. It will also include contact details for organisations or services that could help with your concerns, such as the Macmillan benefits team or a dietician.
Your Wellbeing Practitioner will write down the actions you agree on and you will be able to take a copy of this plan away with you.
Where can we meet
The service can provide support on the following platforms:
- Face-to-face in the local community
- Over the telephone
- Online via video call
Andrea Blyth, ICJ Programme Support Officer
Public Health Improvement Team
East Dunbartonshire HSCP
10 Saramago Street
0141 232 8256